Volunteering in Ecuador
The latest news on Kaya’s projects in Ecuador is that thankfully they are unaffected following the earthquake on 16th April 2016. Participants are still being accepted onto our projects in Quito, Mindo Cloud Forest, Amazon and others and your volunteer or intern efforts are needed to help support the local economy.
Despite being the second-smallest country in Latin America, in one day you can journey from black water lagoons in the Amazon basin, across glaciated Andean volcanoes, through dense tree canopies in the cloud forest and then arrive at the Pacific coastal lowlands to breathe in the fresh sea air. Volunteer in this beautiful country with one of our environmental or community projects.
Kaya’s projects in Ecuador range from environmental projects where you can rehabilitate wild animals in the Wildlife Centre in the Amazon to working in the community, where you can join our Education Outreach Programme and assist with teaching child labourers in the capital Quito. Alternatively, if you have experience in the healthcare sector then we have a Public Healthcare Placement in Riobamba supporting indigenous communities.
An ever increasing urban population in Ecuador has had a negative impact on the country’s wildlife, natural, cultural and environmental resources. Education and conservation projects are helping to protect these resources as well as supporting indigenous communities. Our volunteers help local projects to continue the efforts being made to make a difference to this incredible land and people.
In your free time, explore the vibrant capital city of Ecuador, Quito, high up in the Andes, which has an exquisite colonial centre and stunning 16th century cathedral. Hop aboard the sky tram in Quito up Pichincha volcano for spectacular views over its mountainous landscape. Try the local authentic dishes of ceviche (raw fish marinated in citrus juices) or humitas (corn dumplings).
At the weekend, if you feel like a challenge, climb the highest peak of Ecuador, Mount Chimborazo. Alternatively, why not have a go at Paragliding in the Andes or venture into deep cloud forest on an Andean biking trail. Take a trip to Mindo, a small town enveloped in forested mountains and hike to its many dramatic waterfalls. If you fancy extending your trip and travelling further afield after volunteering, visit the majestic Galapagos islands inhabited by creatures that you are unlikely to see anywhere else in the world. For more suggestions on what to do in Ecuador, read our blog titled ‘An Ultimate Bucket List for those visiting Ecuador’.
Join us at Kaya and volunteer on one of our projects in Ecuador, where your efforts will make a small difference and have a positive impact in communities, targeting areas most in need.